and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in
first, she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a bookworm!
way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a book on
Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves
writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell
through thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.
competition with her romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.
loves to read sew and listen to podcasts. As she also likes cake she can also
be found either walking or doing something vaguely physical at the gym.
that alerted us to a new genre of books now proving serious competition for the
incredibly popular ‘grip lit’ and its domination of the book charts. This new
genre is about empathy, kindness and hope. It’s been christened ‘Uplit’.
attributes are at the forefront of romantic fiction. The article may have
specifically excluded romance in its description but ask any reader what
romantic fiction means to them and the most common answer is ‘hope’. And in a
dark world, hope is exactly what we need.
bashing by those who feel that what we write has no relevance to the world we
live in. Which just goes to show exactly how uninformed these opinions are.
Romantic fiction is entirely relevant to the world, and it has been offering
empathy and hope, love and kindness to its readers for generations.
It’s really the point of novels as a whole. They take us to places. With darker
fiction it may not be a place we want to go. It’s a place we read about and are
thankful not to be there. But romantic fiction is total escapism. We read the
words and are absorbed, drawn into the world created so carefully by the
author, and we want to be there. We feel a connection with the characters,
laughing when they laugh and feeling their pain when hearts are damaged.
Romantic fiction authors work hard to create empathy – the exact thing that the
article claims as a new aspect in fiction. It’s not new. It’s just been
overlooked until now.
romantic fiction encompasses. Some books tackle incredibly deep, traumatic
issues whilst others are lighter in tone, but this doesn’t mean they should be
dismissed. We want books that explore things but we also want books that makes
us laugh. Sometimes we want books that do both. And if we look, we will always
find exactly what we’re looking for. The breadth of the genre is expansive.
people always accuse it of with derogation in their tone. They call it predictable. I prefer the term ‘dependable’.
If we have a hero and a heroine, we want them to get together. Yes, they will
need to work for it. There will be conflict and barriers to that love but in
the end, they’ll be together. And that’s exactly what we want. If a reader got
to the end of the novel and the hero or heroine just walked out, the
disappointment for that reader would be immeasurable!
a bad thing. It’s not. It’s a good thing. It means we can rely on it. We know
these two characters will end up together – the enjoyment comes from seeing how
that’s going to happen. That’s what critics of the genre seem to wilfully
unsure and sometimes downright frightening. It’s no wonder people are turning
to books that step away from that with this ‘new’ genre of UpLit. But if they
open their eyes – and more importantly – their minds, they’ll see there’s
nothing new about ‘Uplit’. It’s been here all along.
Lovely blog, Maxine, with some very pertinent points about the importance of romance novels. 🙂